New Here/First Time Chicken Owner

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lockedhearts, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    :)We raise and show horses and hubby has been wanting chickens. I got him 4 pullets for Easter. A Rhode Island Red, A Buff Orpington and 2 Aracaunas (One has white feathers, the other has tan)
    We are in the process of building our coop and yard for them. Found a nice area and cleared it pff yesterday .
    We are thinking that we should cover the yard since we have seen hawks in the area. We also have lotsof squrriels.
    Does anyone know a good place to look at enclosed yard ideas? We found lots of coop ideas.
    Also I am wanting to get a rooster and wanting suggestions on what breed to get for these girls?
    We went to a tractor show last weekend and they always set up "Show" birds there. I am now intrigued by the idea of getting some for show. Any ideas there?
    We will definitely use the deep litter method in the coop, I always get a 30ft spreader truck of shavings for my stalls so have those readily available.
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Welcome locked hearts, go to BYC's coup design and construction and there are lots of wonderful ideas and pictures of coups/runs from the economy minded to the high end. Glad to have you.
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Welcome to the forum!
    We would love to see pictures of your chicks and horses. There are a lot of horse people on this forum, too.
    Hawks will swoop down and pick up a chicken so it's a good idea to have a cover over their run. My husband and I have chain link fencing for a run and it's good for keeping things out.
  4. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Did not think of Chain link, we have extra from our backyard fence. Thats a good idea.

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